FUNDING / FILM/TV

Checkered Ninja 2 and docs School Shooters and The Choir receive support

12 DECEMBER 2019

Checkered Ninja, Ternet Ninja / PHOTO: A Film

In its November round of funding, Nordisk Film & TV Fond has granted NOK 2,550,000 in production support and NOK 520,000 in distribution support.

Production Support

Feature film 

  • Checkered Ninja 2 (Ternet Ninja 2)
    Grant: NOK 1.5 million
    Recipient: A Film Production, Denmark
    Producer: Anders Mastrup, Trine Heidegaard
    Directors: Anders Matthesen, Thorbjørn Christoffersen
    Domestic distribution: Nordisk Film
    Premiere: October 7, 2021
    Story: The sequel to last year’s blockbuster Danish animated film Checkered Ninja (946,000 admissions in Denmark) is based on Anders Matthesen’s best-selling children’s book of the same name published in June 2019.

    We follow again the teenage boy Alex and his doll Checkered Ninja on a frantic hunt for the villain Phillip Eberfrø who has managed to escape from jail in Thailand. As the two embark on a dangerous mission, together with Alex’s entire family, their friendship sometimes comes under intense pressure. 

    Co-producer Trine Heidegaard says the follow-up film has two central themes: firstly, what matters is not what you look like but what you have inside. Secondly, whereas Checkered Ninja believes the end justifies the means, Alex teaches his doll that what is most important is the process, as well as friendship and being a decent person. 

    The animated film is co-produced by Sudoku and Pop Up Production, with support from the Danish Film Institute. 

Documentaries

  • School Shooters (working title)
    Grant: NOK 600,000
    Recipient: Final Cut for Real, Denmark
    Producer: Anne Köhncke
    Directors: Frida Barkfors, Lasse Barkfors
    Premiere: 2020
    Story: The film is the third instalment in Frida & Lasse Barkfors’ trilogy on social stigma (after the acclaimed Pervert Park and Death of a Child), examining guilt and shame. We meet parents from different areas in the US with different backgrounds and experiences, but who have one thing in common: they have a child who has committed a school shooting.
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Checkered Ninja 2 and docs School Shooters and The Choir receive support

School Shooters / PHOTO: Lasse Barkfors
  • The Choir (Kören)
    Grant: NOK 450,000
    Recipient: Mantaray Film, Sweden
    Producer: Stina Gardell
    Director: Amanda Pesikan
    Expected premiere: Spring 2020
    World sales: East Village Entertainment, New York
    Story: The film about a gospel choir in one of the world’s most secular countries raises questions about people’s need for togetherness and spirituality. It follows Cedwin, leader of the Tensta Gospel Choir as he loses his grip on choir members.
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Checkered Ninja 2 and docs School Shooters and The Choir receive support

The Choir / PHOTO: Mantaray

Distribution Support

  • NOK 60,000 to Another World Entertainment for the release in Norway of the Icelandic film Let Me Fall.
  • NOK 60,000 to Another World Entertainment for the release in Denmark of the Icelandic film Let Me Fall.
  • NOK 400,000 in slate support to Øst for Paradis for the release in Denmark of A White, White Day, Beware of Children and a third film tbc.


Film Cultural Initiative Support

  • NOK 90,000 to Brancheklubben for film og Mediekomponister towards their Harpa Nordic Film Music Days initiative in Berlin.
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